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President Trump during a meeting in the Cabinet Room on Dec. 16. Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images

The Washington Post and ABC released a poll Tuesday that found 49% of those surveyed said President Trump should be impeached and removed from office, and 71% think he should allow senior administration officials to testify in a likely Senate impeachment trial.

Why it matters: The poll shows that Americans — on the eve of the full House vote on impeachment articles — remain strongly divided on impeachment after weeks of public testimony and committee hearings.

The big picture: The survey also demonstrates that Americans want to hear from White House officials who have first-hand insights into the administration's decision to halt congressionally approved military aid for Ukraine.

  • Trump wants Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney and other White House officials to stage a public defense of his dealing with Ukraine.

By the numbers: 49% of polled Americans said, regardless of impeachment, Trump improperly pressured Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, while 39% stated Trump did not pressure Ukraine.

  • Among Democrats, 85% believe Trump should be impeached and removed, and 86% of Republicans say he should not, according to the Washington Post.
  • Independents are deeply split on impeachment, with 47% favoring it and 46% opposed.

Yes, but: Only 62% of those polled said they are closely following the impeachment developments.

Methodology:

This poll was conducted by telephone from Dec. 10-15 among a random national sample of 1,003 adults, 70% of whom were reached on cellphones and 30% on landlines. It has a margin of error of +/- 3.5 percentage points.

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Schumer: Trump impeachment trial to start week of Feb. 8

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer. Photo: The Washington Post via Getty

The Senate will begin former President Trump's impeachment trial the week of Feb. 8, Majority Leader Chuck Schumer announced Friday on the Senate floor.

Why it matters: Trump is the only president in U.S. history to be impeached twice for “incitement of insurrection" after a violent pro-Trump mob breached the U.S. Capitol, resulting in five deaths.

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CDC extends interval between COVID vaccine doses for exceptional cases

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Patients can space out the two doses of the coronavirus vaccine by up to six weeks if it’s "not feasible" to follow the shorter recommended window, according to updated guidance from the Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention.

Driving the news: With the prospect of vaccine shortages and a low likelihood that supply will expand before April, the latest changes could provide a path to vaccinate more Americans — a top priority for President Biden.

Texas AG sues Biden administration over deportation freeze

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton speaks to members of the media in 2016. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is suing the Biden administration in federal district court over its 100-day freeze on deporting unauthorized immigrants, and he's asking for a temporary restraining order.

Between the lines: The freeze went into effect Friday, temporarily halting most immigration enforcement in the U.S. In the lawsuit, Paxton claims the move "violates the U.S. Constitution, federal immigration and administrative law, and a contractual agreement between Texas" and the Department of Homeland Security.